Reel talk: TBA Studios has a lot in store for all of us and we’re overwhelmed

Ever since independent film company TBA Studios started three years ago, the film industry hasn’t been the same. With blockbuster movie hits such as Heneral Luna, I’m Drunk, I Love You, Bliss, and Sunday Beauty Queen under its belt, it’s quite impossible to deny their capacity to become a powerhouse in the industry.

Last July 26, TBA Studios executive producers E.A. Rocha and Fernando Ortigas began their launch with major announcements on the company’s most recent partnership deals with one of the biggest local telecommunications company, Globe Telecom. Together with Globe Studios, TBA Studios is co-producing several projects, including the much awaited follow-up to Jerrold Tarog’s Heneral LunaGoyo: Ang Batang Heneral. Globe will also provide marketing support for Mikhail Red’s Birdshot, the studio’s official entry to the forthcoming Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino festival.

A few more exciting film projects to look forward to from the studio are Carlo Obispo’s 1-2-3, the family drama movie that opened last year’s Cinemalaya Festival, and Sheron Dayoc’s Women of the Weeping River, which took home top prizes from the recently concluded 40th Gawad Urian Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. And let’s not forget the film that we’ve all been waiting for is the chilling crime thriller Smaller and Smaller Circles, directed by Raya Martin, based on the bestselling novel of F.H. Batacan will soon be released as well.

With blockbuster movie hits such as Heneral Luna, I’m Drunk, I Love You, Bliss, and Sunday Beauty Queen under its belt, it’s quite impossible to deny their capacity to become a powerhouse in the industry.

The Mythology Class author Arnold Arre and Director Tarog officially confirmed that the film adaptation of the popular graphic novel is already in development. TBA Studios continues to expand its reach and scope by creating various distribution platforms that aims to promote and enrich the local movie industry such as Cinetropa, a Filipino-movie streaming site created exclusively to give Filipino films more exposure on a global scale, and Cinema ‘76, a micro-cinema solely dedicated to regularly show independent films.

Given the success of Cinema ‘76, TBA President and Cinema ‘76 co-founder Vincent Nebrida, announced that the popular micro-cinema would open a new and bigger branch very soon. Cinema ’76 will also continue to hold different series of master classes and workshops to hone multi-faceted skills in filmmaking.

“They call us ‘game changers’, but really, it’s because the audience owned our vision. We want to make films that the Filipinos deserve.” Rocha says. We’re all excited for the upcoming wave of quality films this year, and we’re rooting for you TBA Studios because you deserve all our support!

Know more about TBA Studios and its projects. Visit www.tba.ph for a comprehensive guide to the company’s portfolio and TBAStudiosPh on Facebook.

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